Five for Friday

Good morning, y'all!
Or maybe good mid-morning teetering on over to afternoon.

01.) Scott and I went to IHOP for breakfast this morning after taking Annelise to school.
(Pardon Scott's deer-in-the-headlights look, he's still not 100% onboard with spontaneous pictures in confined public spaces like IHOP booths)

Annelise will probably be mad when she finds out we went without her. Sorry sweetie.
This time we tried to be smarter and healthier (even though we were @ IHOP) and frugaler (yes, I just made up a word) and decided to split the Breakfast Sampler (the sad thing is we've each ordered our own in the past, can you say glutton?).

It still seemed like a ton of food but we weren't stuffed to our gills and it only cost us $11.58. Sweet!

02.) Earlier this week I helped Annelise's class with their art project for the auction next Friday. After mulling over various possibilities and not being excessively giddy about any of them, I stumbled across a cool kids' art site and soon found this faux stained glass project that I was actually excited about. Bingo!

It was simple, used basic supplies (foil & Sharpies), yet had a modern pop art edge. The kids really seemed to like making their card and it was neat to see their personalities shine through their art.
Scott and I then arranged the foil cards into a grid pattern on a black board (he did the math and I did the hot glue) and then framed it.
(Sorry for the glare)
Whaddya think?

03.) We took a self-portrait before our late lunch date at La Madeleine yesterday. Just because.
04.) This week the daughters joined the mothers in tap class so they could start learning the dance.
Between my uncoordinated-ness and her high distractability we make quite the pair.
Did I mention the song is really fast?

05.) In a fit of weakness and hunger while at Target I tossed a box of these into our cart.
Once I came to my senses I tossed the box on into the trash the next morning. Scott even offered to stomp on the individually wrapped packages of goodness but I assured him I wouldn't pull a George Costanza.

In the spirit of full disclosure I will tell you that I ate four (maybe five?) in the few short hours they were in our pantry.

Self-control. I have none.

Even when it comes to these.
But at least they're natural.

05a.) I've been doing really well with my goal of not purchasing books, which has been another weakness of mine and utilizing the library or my stash for my reading addiction. As it turns out clicking the "Place Hold" button is just as satisfying (if not more so) as clicking "Add to Cart" since it's free (!!). I do have to practice literary patience, of course, but I'm getting much better at that.

So far this month I've read The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, which I enjoyed, but still found rather  depressing in a way; Peace Like a River by Leif Enger, which I LOVED and highly, highly recommend; and am now in the middle of The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson, and I have The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (also by Larsson) waiting in the wings. I read The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo a few years ago and had mixed feelings about it (a little too dark & twisty, but definitely suspenseful and entertaining as far as mysteries go), which was the first in this Swedish mystery trilogy.

Annelise & I are reading Poppy together out loud. We've been rather hit or miss (mostly miss) with our evening read alouds so I'm really happy to be back in the swing with it (and so is she).
Well, I guess that sums up a few of the random happenings of late.

And then some.

Happy weekend, y'all!


  1. I really like the art! It looks great! I have not been so good with the not buying books. I did check out one book at the library, but I bought 2 books at a store a few days later! One step at a time, right? ;)

  2. Per your recommendation, I started "Peace like a river". I can tell it's a winner! I love the artwork, too! Congrats on throwing out the Ding Dongs. That's hard!

  3. The art is awesome.

    Peace Like a River is always the book I recommend when someone asks for a suggestion. So beautiful and haunting and just good. I need to reread it.

    I'm reading In the Garden of Beasts now. So interesting!

  4. WhooHoo! thanks for the reminder about placing books on hold at library; I just placed "Time and Again" (recommended in author's notes of 11/22/63-which I just finished) on hold. Much easier way to pick up books with a toddler in tow!! :)


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